What is a Covenant Church?
Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton is one of more than seven hundred affiliated congregations making up the Evangelical Covenant Church in the United States. We are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world through gracious words and acts of mercy and justice. We emphasize the biblical view of new life in Jesus Christ expressed through a daily walk in community with our Lord.
Originating out of the free church movement of the late 19th century, the Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic family of congregations enjoying the benefits of affiliation for a greater good in the world, while deliberately avoiding institutional structures that can hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in local and regional ministries.
In the briefest of terms, an Evangelical Covenant Church can be described as:
Evangelical, but not exclusive;
Biblical, but not doctrinaire;
Traditional, but not rigid; and
Congregational, but not independent.
What do we believe?
Our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant affirmations:
We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the Church.
We affirm the Church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
More information about the Evangelical Covenant Church can be found on their web site. A more detailed statement of Covenant affirmations of faith is also available there.
An excellent 15-minute video on the web which gives the basics of salvation can be found at JustStopAndThink.com.